Adams on Wednesday gave reporters a guided tour of his Brooklyn condo, whereas denying options that he spent extra time at one other residence he shares along with his companion in New Jersey. On this night time, the first query from the moderator gave every of his rivals an opportunity to weigh in — they usually lapped it up.
The candidates had been additionally given a chance to deal with a difficulty that has wrenched New York politics for practically eight years: the relationship between de Blasio and Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Their countless backbiting, which continued apace even throughout the worst days of the Covid-19 pandemic, has New Yorkers hoping (fruitlessly, if historical past is any trainer) for a extra constructive partnership between metropolis and state management.
But the debate, like the two before it, in the end returned to what has changing into the defining query of the major marketing campaign: public security and whether or not the New York Police Department is supplied to revive it throughout a interval of rising violent crime.
Here are 4 takeaways from the third Democratic mayoral debate, with yet one more to go subsequent week forward of the major on June 22.
Crime and gun violence divides the subject
There is not any debate over the incontrovertible fact that violent crime is surging in New York. But on the query of what to do about it, the Democratic subject is cut up.
Adams, who retired as a captain in the NYPD before coming into politics, and Andrew Yang, the former 2020 presidential candidate, have pushed more durable strains and advocated for stepped-up policing. But Adams has insisted that his expertise on the power makes him uniquely certified to show his imaginative and prescient into actuality.
Yang sought to undermine that argument on Thursday, describing it as simplistic and mocking Adams’ marketing campaign message as skinny.
“Eric’s campaign seems to go like this: you’re concerned about crime. I used to be a cop 20 years ago. I should be mayor,” Yang stated.
Adams responded, as he has accomplished in the previous, by casting doubt on Yang’s bona fides.
“I don’t know where Andrew has been until a shooting happened down the block from his house,” Adams stated, referencing a latest incident in Times Square. “No one can question my commitment around ending violence in this city. No one on this stage can tell you that they have put their life on the line to save New Yorkers.”
When the moderators requested whether or not the candidates would contemplate taking weapons away from cops in sure circumstances, the concept was dismissed out of hand by 4 of the 5 candidates.
“The mayor’s job is safety,” Wiley stated. “Safety is job one.”
But after being pressed by moderator Marcia Kramer — the similar famed reporter who bought then-candidate Bill Clinton to confess he smoked (however “didn’t inhale”) marijuana again in 1992 — Wiley finally tapped out, saying she wouldn’t “make that decision in a debate.”
Eric Adams faces (extra) questions on the place he lives
Adams says he lives in Brooklyn, the borough that he leads. He even invited reporters into his condo there, in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood, on Wednesday for a tour, open fridge and all, to push again on a report in Politico suggesting he would possibly really be spending extra time in New Jersey, the place he additionally owns a house.
The first query of the night time supplied his rivals an opportunity to go on the report: do they consider him?
“He spent months attacking me for not being a New Yorker,” Yang stated, “meanwhile he was attacking me from New Jersey.”
Others had been a bit extra circumspect.
Wiley stated that voters “want a mayor who is fully forthcoming,” whereas Kathryn Garcia, a former sanitation commissioner, who delivered her most assertive efficiency up to now, referred to as the story that blew up the challenge “utterly confusing” and requested if “this is a ‘Where’s Waldo?’ moment.”
“The only time I go to New Jersey is by accident,” New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer deadpanned.
Adams once more insisted that he resides in Brooklyn and dismissed the back-and-forth as “silly conversations” — however not before including a dig at Yang.
“I don’t live in New Paltz,” he stated, referring to Yang’s Ulster County residence north of the metropolis. “I live in Brooklyn.”
Yang tries to erase doubts about his dedication to the metropolis
Yang’s time away from the metropolis last 12 months, which he spent at his residence in the Hudson Valley along with his spouse and two younger kids, has typically been used as a cudgel by his rivals, who’ve sought to forged him as a dilettante politician with a doubtful understanding of metropolis politics.
Asked who would foot the invoice for his travels upstate, Yang made a pledge of types: “I don’t expect to leave the city a single day my first term,” he stated — phrases that will not quickly be forgotten, ought to he win the workplace.
“New Yorkers are going to be sick of me,” Yang continued. “They’ll be like, Yang, go away.”
But Yang additionally sought to show the challenge again on Adams and his now well-known Brooklyn dwelling.
“I’ve never seen that basement apartment,” Yang stated, before including that Wednesday’s open home for reporters “raised more questions than it answered.”
The candidates pledge to make peace, up to some extent, with the governor
Feuds between New York City mayors and the New York governors, who management main elements of the metropolis — like its subways — are nothing new. But the vitriol of the de Blasio and Cuomo period has been one thing to behold.
So when the moderators requested what the candidates would do to fix that relationship, or no less than make it workable, they had been all ready with concepts.
Stringer criticized de Blasio, saying that, “Nobody in (the state capital of) Albany, when I’m mayor, will steal my lunch money.”
Adams stated he would sideline his “ego” for the larger good, or as he put it, “Team New York.”
Wiley leaned into her progressive argument, suggesting that solely a mayor with a unified metropolis behind her might counter an aggressive state government.
“What’s critical to getting along with the governor,” she stated, “is making sure we are organizing the constituents that he serves along with the mayor of New York City.”
Yang touted his pleasant relationship with Cuomo and argued that concord might be achieved by way of mutual self-interest.
“The state needs the city,” Yang stated. “The city needs the state.”
By that time, although, Stringer, who has spent many years in the politics of each New York City and Albany, had heard sufficient.
He dismissed Yang’s method as “naïve” and referred to as it “de Blasio 2.0” — which, regardless of the present mayor’s success in profitable two phrases, was something however a praise.